Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
“Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt.” Matthew 2:14
May God bless you during this holy season! This weekend, our parishes will take up the annual collection for Catholic Charities.
On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis invited us to join him to “Share the Journey” of immigrants, refugees, displaced persons, victims of human trafficking and the millions who face abject poverty. In his “Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018,” our Holy Father summarized the basis for this invitation, noting the Church’s deep concern for persons in any of these situations and reminding us that “every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identified with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age” (Matthew 25: 35-43). In fact, Jesus Himself with the Holy Family were themselves strangers and refugees in Egypt, as we read in the second chapter of Saint Matthew’s gospel.
Your support of this special collection for Catholic Charities allows us to meet the needs of refugees and immigrants here in our own Archdiocese, those fleeing violence as a victims of human trafficking, new moms whose economic deprivation makes it hard for them to care for their children as they would wish and many others who struggle to meet their basic needs for food, shelter, transportation and medical care. These are just a few of God’s vulnerable children we share the journey with through the work of our archdiocesan Catholic Charities. Thus, I encourage your generous response to this collection.
During this Christmas season as we encounter and share the journey with the least of Christ’s sisters and brothers, we will encounter Him who came among us to share the journey of our very own humanity. Please know that you and your families are in my prayers, as I ask God’s blessing on each of you during this holy time of year.
Sincerely yours in Our Lord,
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville